January 8, 2007
Stillwater, OK (CSTV U-WIRE) -- The Cowboys' short bench will soon find some relief.
Football standout Adarius Bowman is now a member of the OSU basketball team, coach Sean Sutton announced Sunday.
"Adarius and I had a great conversation (Sunday) and I'm excited to announce that he's going to join the basketball team and begin practicing with us (Monday)," Sutton said in a statement.
The new addition will be especially helpful now that Sutton is down to only eight scholarship players after freshman phenom Obi Muonelo was injured last month.
Bowman attended the team's shootaround before the Baylor game Saturday.
It was the first time Sutton had been exposed to the junior from Chattanooga, Tenn.
"I was really impressed with the type of person he is," Sutton said after the Cowboys' win.
"He's a sharp young man with a great personality, really polite. I think he would like to play."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound wide receiver was named to the All-Big 12 first team this past season after racking up 1,181 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"Playing basketball was something I did growing up," Bowman said.
"It's something I love to do. My mom wants to see me do it. This will be a great experience for me."
Bowman was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award for Division II in Tennessee after having won the title of Mr. Football in the fall of his senior year. He also led Notre Dame High School to the state Final Four his sophomore and senior seasons.
"I've been around for a while, so I'm looking forward to the challenge," Bowman said.
"I'm a very competitive person and just want to win. I'm not trying to be the leading scorer or anything like that. I've got good jumping ability, so if they want me to rebound, or play defense, or whatever they want me to do, I'll do it."
Sutton said he visited with football coach Mike Gundy, who was supportive of Bowman's decision.
"I appreciate (Gundy) allowing Adarius to come out and play basketball," the first-year head coach said. "Adarius is obviously an outstanding athlete and will definitely help us with our depth situation. We're looking forward to him joining the team."
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